Fiddlin' Charlie Bowman (1889 - 1962)
Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman was born in Gray Station, TN on July 30, 1889. Charlie is noted for his association with the Hill Billies, the first assembly to apply that name to characterize early old-time music. His musical profession spanned about a quarter of a century. Charlie played with his brother in the Bowman Brothers String Band. He recorded 78-RPM records for Okeh, Columbia, Brunswick, and Vocalion labels.
Charlie played on Broadway, and he played at WOPI in Bristol. At WOPI, he often played with the Carter Family. He played with the Blue Ridge Ramblers. Charlie, who was known as the champion fiddler of East Tennessee, died May 20, 1962, in Atlanta, GA.